House of the Sleeping Beauties

Released 2006


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House of the Sleeping Beauties

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Vadim Glowna
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House of the Sleeping Beauties is a foreign drama from First Run Features that was written, directed and produced by Vadim Glowna and is based on Yasumari Kawabata's novella. Years after losing his wife and daughter Edmond (Vadim Glowna), an older man in his 60's, is still grieving from his loss. He keeps himself closed off in solitude until his friend recommends and refers him to a different kind of brothel. Edmond decides to venture out and visit the brothel house. This type of brothel is different than other brothels in that men pay to lay next to beautiful women who may roll over, stretch and dream but never awaken. Once inside, Edmond finds himself entranced by the innocent beauty and tenderness of the women. He caresses the women as he talks to them about his life experiences and repressed memories. As he becomes more and more entranced with the women, Edmond dives deeper into the shocking secrets of the place.moreless

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  • 30

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Ultimately, the film doesn't succeed in its thematic aspirations, proving yet again that great literature doesn't usually transfer successfully to the screen.

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    House of the Sleeping Beauties has missed its ideal release window by about 40 years. It might -- might -- have found an audience in that transitional period between soft- and hard...

  • 10

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Not even the august presence of Maximilian Schell can dispel the odor of fusty smut that clings to House of the Sleeping Beauties, a clammy meditation on sex, death and the endless...

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